Basel II and Basel III: An Overview

Financial services professionals, consultants, and sales professionals interested in providing or selling products and services to banks and other financial institutions, and everyone interested in knowing about credit and operational risk exposure to banks and capital requirements to cover those risks in the light of Basel framework

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Expected Duration
60 minutes

Developed by the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision, the latest Basel regulations – Basel II and Basel III – represent decades of comprehensive global banking reforms. The aim of Basel II and Basel III is to strengthen the stability of the international banking system. Basel II is based on three mutually reinforcing pillars: minimum capital requirements, supervisory review process, as well as market discipline and disclosure requirements. Its key goal is to determine the minimum level of capital banks need to maintain to cover the risks they’re exposed to in their lending and investment activities. Considered a major overhaul of Basel II, Basel III requires stronger capital and liquidity standards to be accompanied by better risk management and supervision by banks. Basel III endeavors to plug any gaps that were present in Basel II and also attempts to strengthen the regulations promoted by Basel II.
This course gives an overview of Basel II and Basel III; the factors that led to the two accords, objectives, key approaches, and differences between them. It focuses on how various Basel regulations help banks become stronger and better managers of their risks. The course goes on to discuss the three pillars of Basel II and its approaches for measuring capital requirements for credit, operational, and market risk. Finally, the course outlines key features of Basel III, its differences and improvements over Basel II, and some key components of its global implementation and timeline.


Basel II

  • recognize types of bank risks
  • identify pillars of Basel II
  • match approaches for measuring capital requirements to the risks they cover
  • recognize characteristics of Basel II
  • Basel III

  • recognize key features of Basel III
  • select key differences between Basel II and Basel III
  • identify components of the Basel III implementation
  • recognize characteristics of Basel III




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